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GTA Sabha seal on ‘invitee’ resolution

Bimal Gurung

Darjeeling, Aug. 8. The GTA today adopted the resolution to include “invitee” members in its Sabha and said the party had already discussed the matter with the chief minister.

Roshan Giri, a Sabha executive member and senior Morcha leader, said: “We had already discussed the issue with chief minister Mamata Banerjee. We can incorporate invitee members. These members will not have any voting rights but can attend all the meetings and give their suggestions.”

Giri did not say clearly if the Mamata had given her consent on the matter. His assertion that the chief minister was aware about the Morcha’s resolution came when he was asked how the members could be included to the Sabha when the GTA Act has no provision for it.

The Morcha yesterday announced the names of 10 “invitee” members, six of whom are from the Terai and Dooars. John Barla, the leader of the breakaway faction of the Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad, was among them.

The Terai and Dooars are not part of the GTA area yet but both Gurung and Barla want it to be included.

The 45 elected councillors today met at Lal Khoti to pass the resolution today. After the meeting, Giri said: “Today we passed a resolution to incorporate invitee members in the GTA Sabha. The resolution will be sent to Calcutta immediately.”

Giri also said that the principal secretary of the GTA was trying to fix an appointment for a Sabha team to meet the Prime Minister, Union home minister, the governor and Mamata. “We are trying to meet them soon,” he said